Multi-agency pursuit ends with Wamac man’s arrest in Central City

MARION COUNTY — A 21-year-old Wamac man was arrested early Thursday morning, following a police pursuit that sped through a large area of Marion County.

Destrian Doza (Source: MCSO)
Destrian Doza
(Source: MCSO)

Destrian Doza has been charged in Marion County Court with felony aggravated fleeing and misdemeanor resisting police

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the pursuit of Doza, which reportedly started in Salem, raced along Green Street Road, crossed U.S. 51, and ended in a crash near where West Green Street Road turns into West Junction Street in Central City.

Doza was taken into custody around 12:15 a.m. A nearby homeowner volunteered to use his Bobcat and chain to pull the vehicle from woods where it ultimately stopped after hitting a tree. After crashing the car, Doza attempted to flee on foot, crossing a nearby creek.

The pursuit reportedly started when Salem police received a report from Doza’s girlfriend that he didn’t have permission to be driving her car and that she wanted to report the vehicle stolen.

A Salem police officer spotted Doza and the vehicle a short time later and attempted to make a traffic stop. Doza reportedly failed to pull over and started a low-speed pursuit through the streets of Salem, failing to was stop at two stop signs.

Law enforcement officers with Salem, Central City, Centralia, Wamac and Sandoval police departments were involved in the pursuit, as well as deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported.

Doza is currently on probation out of Clinton County, after an earlier probation sentence was revoked on a 2014 conviction for two counts felony possession of a controlled substance.